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Integrating World Structures Reports, Presentations, and Themed Notes

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Making Professionals: Methods to Build Success Skills

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Anthony Battistini Angelo State University

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Dr. Anthony Battistini is an Assistant Professor in the David L. Hirschfeld Department of Engineering at Angelo State University. He received his BSCE (2007) degree from Lehigh University and an MS (2009) and PhD (2014) degree from The University of Texas at Austin. His expertise is in structural design, with an emphasis in steel bridge structures and connections. Prior to his current institution, Dr. Battistini also held assistant professor positions at Washington State University (2013-2014) and George Mason University (2014-2017). Throughout his career, his primary responsibility as a faculty member has been teaching students, for which he aspires to provide them with a quality and enjoyable experience.

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Recently, there has been a widespread movement to implement culturally relevant pedagogical practices into engineering curricula. However, many faculty members do not necessarily know what this means or even how to accomplish the task. For faculty who do have knowledge in being culturally responsive, it is often a struggle to identify finite means by which to implement these ideas into engineering courses and to determine quantitative measures of success.

The following paper will examine the results of a systematic inquiry project undertaken as part of the author’s participation in the Certificate of College Teaching and Learning in Hispanic Serving Institutions through ESCALA Educational Services Inc. Through the project, the author took a third-year structural analysis class on a “tour of the world” through pictures, redesigned example problems, stories, and a World Structures Report and Presentation assignment.

In addition to the implementation of the course, assessment data will be presented for two groups of students. The data for the first group includes the analysis of qualitative and quantitative post-test data, while the results of the second group will include a pre-test/post-test comparison to measure the students’ increase in cultural awareness.

Battistini, A. (2020, June), Integrating World Structures Reports, Presentations, and Themed Notes Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34849

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